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Starting Swimming Lessons plus a Simply Swim Haul and Giveaway

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A few weeks ago Simply Swim got in touch to see if we would like to review some items from their website, and funnily enough I had just rung up and booked Max in for swimming lessons that very same day! So of course we were in need of some swimming gear to get him started.

Max is five and a half so probably a little bit late with starting swimming lessons but given his ASD diagnosis I haven’t been confident that he would concentrate enough until now. He adores water, it’s definitely his happy place. It really calms him down and he’s very confident when we take him swimming, we just haven’t been very successful in trying to teach him how to swim ourselves!

Max starts his lessons in January and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous, just the thought of him being in the water without me is bringing me out in a cold sweat! But realistically, I know he will be fine and safe. I just hope that he will concentrate enough to get the most out of his lessons.

Simply Swim stock a huge range of swimwear and equipment so whether you swim for leisure, are a competitive swimmer or are just learning to swim, they will have something to meet your needs.

The first thing that we chose was shorts. I wasn’t sure whether to go for water shorts or aquashorts so picked one of each. Both are the brand Speedo and fit Max really well. I wasn’t sure on the sizing at first but found the size guide on the website really helpful.

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The next thing we looked for was armbands. Simply Swim recommended that I check out the Beco SwimDisc which get really good reviews so we went for those. They come as a set of six and are a great alternative to traditional armbands as they unclip, allowing you to adjust the level of buoyancy.

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Max also chose this awesome Speedo bag to carry all his swimming gear in, how cool?!

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We picked out some goggles too which are the Zoggs Junior Sonic Air Goggle and Max tells me that they are really comfortable, so much so that he has even taken to wearing them in the bath!

Finally we needed a towel and this Simply Swim microfibre one is perfect. It comes in a handy little zip bag and the microfibre fabric means that it dries you quickly.

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Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with Simply Swim to give away a £50 spend on their website to one lucky reader. Please enter via rafflecopter below. Open to UK entrants only. The giveaway will close on 1st January at midnight. The winner will be contacted via email, please claim your prize within 30 days or another winner will be drawn.

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Good luck!

Thanks for reading.


 

102 Comments

  1. lucy higgins
    December 13, 2016 / 9:47 am

    this is a fab prize!

  2. Tracy Nixon
    December 13, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Thank you – looks a great site to kit the kids out!

  3. Sarah Homer
    December 13, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Fab competition thanks for the chance 🙂

  4. Rachel Craig
    December 13, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Great prize. Swimming is a good skill to have, also children can have fun whilst building up their confidence in the swimming pool.

  5. laura stewart
    December 13, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    fingers crossed thanks for the chance x

  6. Tracy Hanley
    December 13, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    My grandkids love swiming

  7. iain maciver
    December 13, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    fab giveaway

  8. karen hill
    December 13, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Lovely, thanks for the chance x

  9. caroline walliss
    December 13, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Thanks for a lovely competition, have a great xmas.x

  10. Kim Neville
    December 13, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    They have some lovely products

  11. MANDY DOHERTY
    December 13, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Great giveaway, thank you

  12. simon tutthill
    December 13, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    wow great prize

  13. clair downham
    December 13, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    fantastic giveaway

  14. Laura Banks
    December 13, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    brilliant giveaway

  15. Luna's mum
    December 13, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Hi….will you leave his glasses on for swimming or without or prescription goggles?!

    • Emma
      Author
      December 14, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      When he’s been swimming before he’s happy to take his glasses off. His lessons are only 30 minutes so shouldn’t be a problem…hopefully! x

  16. Teresa Lee
    December 14, 2016 / 12:48 am

    Fantastic….Thanks

  17. Pauline Hill
    December 14, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    grandchildren are just starting to learn these will be very helpful

  18. Lynn Heath
    December 14, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    What a fab prize, would be perfect for my 3 year old who has just started swimming lessons!

  19. Harriet
    December 15, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Hope to win.

  20. Sarah Brokenshire
    December 16, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    thanks for the chance x

  21. emma walters
    December 17, 2016 / 6:23 am

    perfect for my little man starting lessons x

  22. Margaret Gallagher
    December 20, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Perfect way to encourage and help the little ones learn and love swimming

  23. kerry Locke
    December 20, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I think the Swim Discs are an amazing idea –

  24. Jodie A Harvey
    December 20, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    this would be perfect for starting my girls swimming lessons off!

  25. kate kathurima
    December 23, 2016 / 7:04 am

    fab prizes

  26. Rachael Ashmore
    December 24, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Great prize I had 3 little water baby’s who love swimming xx

  27. Katie
    December 24, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    How fantastic. I think swimming is really important for little ones. Both my niece and nephew love it. Xx

  28. Martina Pichova
    December 24, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Great giveaway! My son really needs new swimming trunks…

  29. Angela Treadway
    December 24, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    fab prize x

  30. A S,Edinburgh
    December 25, 2016 / 2:41 am

    Great giveaway! Thanks for running it. Their range looks lovely.

  31. Ruth Harwood
    December 25, 2016 / 8:16 am

    have a wonderful christmas xx

  32. Tracy Newton
    December 26, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Seen some great things for swimming lessons and summer holidays

  33. michelle o'neill
    December 26, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    lovely giveaway x

  34. Barbara Handley
    December 26, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    This is such a practical prize. I would love this for my grandson.

  35. Pam Francis Gregory
    December 27, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Great giveaway

  36. Laura Pritchard
    December 27, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Thanks for the chance!

  37. pete c
    December 27, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    thanks for the giveaway – the voucher would be really useful

  38. Michelle Luck
    December 28, 2016 / 10:04 am

    I will be starting swimming lessons with my 3yo twins next year 🙂

  39. Jo Carroll
    December 28, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Brilliant prize. I really want to get my little lad confident in the water. x

  40. Melissa Crowe
    December 28, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Thankyou for the chance, my son would love 🙂

  41. Jane
    December 28, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    Would love to win this so i can go swimming with my new neice

  42. Charlie Brunton
    December 29, 2016 / 12:35 am

    I’d love to win so my little niece can get kitted out for her first swim!

  43. sharon stanley
    December 29, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    My girls love swimming would be great to win and get them all kitted out.

  44. Richard Tyler
    December 29, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Great prize 🙂

  45. janine atkin
    December 29, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    id love this for my nephew

  46. Tracey F
    December 29, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’d love to be able to treat my children for our holiday in 2017!

  47. Kay Lou Smith
    December 29, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Great competition! My 3 all love swimming!

  48. JULIE WARD
    December 29, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Grandson loves his trips to the swimming baths, this would be great for him

  49. Lillian Fisher
    December 29, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Love swimming and so do my kids, especially my son.

  50. Michelle Cheeseman
    December 29, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Fantastic! My Children love to swim and have not come across this website before so shall take a look!

  51. Sue Harrison
    December 29, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    Lovely competition, thank you. my little granddaughter loves to swim

  52. claire woods
    December 30, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Fab. We love swimming.

  53. Kimberley Ryan
    December 30, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    we are about to start teaching our twin boys, so this would be extremely handy

  54. Maria Hackett
    December 30, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    my daughter Milly starts her swimming lessons from January and this would be fantastic. Thank you.

  55. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 30, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    Great Giveaway

  56. Michaela Hannah
    December 31, 2016 / 6:04 am

    Fab giveaway! my sons have just started swimming lessons so this would really come in handy!

  57. December 31, 2016 / 8:25 am

    My son loves swimming

  58. Kim Lam
    December 31, 2016 / 9:31 am

    My great niece Willow is 2 in February. This would be great for her.

    Happy New Year

  59. Lauren Old
    December 31, 2016 / 10:44 am

    This would be great as I’ve recently joined a gym/swimming pool membership

  60. jo liddement
    December 31, 2016 / 11:06 am

    My son is a late starter learning to swim so this prize would be very useful to encourage him to get there and enjoy the water

  61. Anthea Holloway
    December 31, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    I would love to win this for my little granddaughter who is learning to swim.

  62. Kim Styles
    December 31, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    this looks a great prize- my nephew and my niece are both learning to swim and this would be really welcome

  63. Kat Glynn
    December 31, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Great prize, we are just starting with swimming in the new year 🙂

  64. Caroline Signey
    December 31, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Fantastic for my children

  65. Patricia Avery
    December 31, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    I’d really enjoy spending this if I am lucky enough to win 🙂

  66. December 31, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    love going swimming with my little ones

  67. Harley
    December 31, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Fab, we need new swim stuff X

  68. Colin Gault
    December 31, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Fantastic prize draw

  69. Solange
    December 31, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    Great prize. My kids love swimming.

  70. January 1, 2017 / 2:27 am

    great giveaway – going to be teaching H to swim at the local pool now the hols are over

  71. Jackie Roberts
    January 1, 2017 / 9:03 am

    perfect for my kids

  72. Shannon Mostert
    January 1, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Great prize, thank you!

  73. Emma Fox
    January 1, 2017 / 9:35 am

    My son likes his swimming lessons. He has been going since he was at pre-school and he’s very confident in the water. We struggled to find the time to take him and also I’m not sure how much he’d listen to us trying to teach him to swim 🙂

  74. Sarah Parker
    January 1, 2017 / 10:22 am

    lovely competition 🙂

  75. Kelly Hirst
    January 1, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Brill prize, lots of bits of love to buy

  76. Claire Ward
    January 1, 2017 / 10:49 am

    This is great my God son has just started swimming

  77. Carol Boffey
    January 1, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Great prize thank you

  78. A.E. ADKINS
    January 1, 2017 / 11:04 am

    Swimming is such an important skill, the boys love it & would enjoy choosing their own swimming paraphanalia

  79. Susan B
    January 1, 2017 / 11:45 am

    What a fun – and useful – giveaway. Thank you and happy New Year.

  80. Alison Clark
    January 1, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    This would be great for my nephew – he’s started swimming lessons now but i took him on holiday last summer and it was so nice to see him starting to get comfortable with the water and by the end of our holiday he was jumping in with his sister.

  81. claire davey
    January 1, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    happy new year and hope you have a fab 2017

  82. Heather Tinkler
    January 1, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Excellent, swimming is a great way to keep fit.

  83. Helen Craigs
    January 1, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Great giveaway, we take our little grandson ‘swimming’, he’s only 6 months but loving it!

  84. Leanne Bell
    January 1, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Fab giveaway, I’d love to treat my Daughter to something to use in the pool x

  85. Jodie W
    January 1, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    this is a lovely prize, my swimming loving boy would love shopping!

  86. Harline parkin
    January 1, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I’ve always loved swimming and glad my grandsons have started having lessons

  87. Christine Constable
    January 1, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Brilliant prize, swimming is so important for safety

  88. Andrea F
    January 1, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    How did the lesson go?

  89. Maria Jane Knight
    January 1, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    The perfect encouragement for my little swimmer Ronan!

  90. Sirley Young
    January 1, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Fingers crossed 🙂

  91. Deborah Mackenzie
    January 1, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    They have some lovely items on their page 🙂

  92. Sam Parkes
    January 1, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Fantastic my daughter loves swimming and goes to lessons every Friday.

  93. Petra Hora
    January 1, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Amazing prize! I would love to win.

  94. Diana
    January 1, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Would love to win. My daughter is learning to swim

  95. Kirsty Woods
    January 1, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Fantastic, thanks for the chance

  96. Dawn Samples
    January 1, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    My daughter is about to start swimming at school and I really need to take my toddler Son more often x

  97. caroline tokes
    January 1, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    fab giveaway happy new year

  98. January 1, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    My four and two year olds keep asking us to take them swimming (I’ll never do it alone as I can’t swim!) and my other half promised them we’d start once Christmas was over so this would be perfect to get everything ready for going.

  99. Tee simpson
    January 1, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    This would be so handy for my kids. They love swimming

  100. Natalie Crossan
    January 2, 2017 / 1:20 am

    Fantastic, love swimming x

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